Over the weekend, Michael Baron attended Noah Syndergaard’s start against the Bradenton Marauders. Below is a Q&A Baron had with Syndergaard after his start.
Noah Syndergaard: First of all, I love working with [St. Lucie pitching coach] Phil [Regan]. In my first start, he noticed I wasn’t using my legs very well. So we worked in a bullpen session a couple of days ago on using my legs more, and staying more upright when I drive toward home plate. That worked tremendously for me tonight. The ball just jumped out of my hand so much better tonight. I think I used that pretty well tonight. I don’t feel like I threw five innings at all.
Also, I’m just trying to maintain fastball command. My control was a little off because of that little tweak in my movement, in my delivery, I had a little more movement to my two-seam, so that was tough getting used to. Overall, tonight was I was very good at adjusting and tweaking my mechanics a little bit. Also, being able to throw my curveball for strikes. That’s been a pretty big improvement, if I say so myself.
MB: I noticed you got a lot of swinging misses on that power curve, which had wicked movement tonight. Is there a difference in the curveball command today, versus your first start. Is that something you worked on between outings with [St. Lucie pitching coach Phil Regan]?
NS: Just working on my mechanics has improved my pitches, between my fastball and my changeup. It added a lot more life in my changeup. It’s added a lot more movements to my curveball. In my first start my curveball was pretty good, but I hadn’t been able to throw it for a strike all that well. I could throw it for a strike when I needed to and then when I needed to throw it in the dirt, I got some curveballs in the dirt. But tonight, I was very pleased with the way my curveball turned out.
MB: In the 4th and 5th innings, you gave up a couple of runs. What happened there, and what adjustments can you make off of the struggles in those innings?
NS: I think I started pressing a little too much. I was trying to do too much out there. There was a moment out there, I took a step behind the mound and took a deep breath and kind of reflected to myself and was able to get out of that inning.
MB: As part of the recovery from your intercostal injury in spring training, what are some of the things you to prevent a reoccurence?
NS: It’s kind of a weird muscle to hurt, just because you don’t hear about it at all. It was kind of new to me, because I haven’t been hurt that much during my minor league career. The downtime was a little different, but I’m just trying my best to get healthy and get out here as fast as possible.
MB: Differences in philosophy… I’ve talked with Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler about this topic… You’ve come over from the Blue Jays. You’re a top-shelf prospect and getting better. What are some of the differences in philosophies between the Blue Jays and the Mets that you think are beneficial?
NS: There’s no difference in philosophy, really. There’s an equation to get to the big leagues, and that’s locating your pitches on both sides of the plate, and it has to be down in the strikezone, because if it’s up in the zone, people will hit it no matter how hard you throw.
For more on Syndergaard’s start, including photos of him on the mound, check out this post from over the weekend.